Dietetic Technicians

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.

Common job titles of Dietetic Technicians include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 60.93% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 23.58% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Essential Tasks

    Observe patient food intake and report progress and dietary problems to dietician.

    Supervise food production or service or assist dietitians or nutritionists in food service supervision or planning.

    Conduct nutritional assessments of individuals, including obtaining and evaluating individuals' dietary histories, to plan nutritional programs.

    Prepare a major meal, following recipes and determining group food quantities.

    Plan menus or diets or guide individuals or families in food selection, preparation, or menu planning, based upon nutritional needs and established guidelines.

    Provide dietitians with assistance researching food, nutrition, or food service systems.

Regular Tasks

    Refer patients to other relevant services to provide continuity of care.

    Develop job specifications, job descriptions, or work schedules.

Occasional Tasks

    Select, schedule, or conduct orientation or in-service education programs.

    Determine food and beverage costs and assist in implementing cost control procedures.

    Analyze menus or recipes, standardize recipes, or test new products.

    Deliver speeches on diet, nutrition, or health to promote healthy eating habits and illness prevention and treatment.

What Tools and Technologies do Dietetic Technicians use?


Programmable calculators

Personal computers

Medical measuring tapes

Medical floor scales

Laptop computers

Food scales

Desktop computers

All Tools

Commercial kitchen stoves

Commercial kitchen ovens

Commercial kitchen mixers

Commercial kitchen microwave ovens

Commercial kitchen knives

Commercial kitchen food slicers

Body-fat calipers


Cybersoft Primero Software Suite


LunchByte Systems NUTRIKIDS

MEDITECH software

Appointment scheduling software

Axxya Systems Nutritionist Pro

CBORD Nutrition Service Suite

All Technologies

Computrition Nutrition Care Management NCM Select

CyberSoft NutriBase

DietMaster Systems Clinical Nutrition

ESHA Research The Food Processor

Food Service Solutions FoodCo


NutriGenie Optimal Nutrition

Patient electronic medical record EMR software

Presentation software

The Nutrition Company FoodWorks

USDA Child Nutrition Database

ValuSoft MasterCook

What Skills Do Dietetic Technicians Need to Have?


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


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Everything Dietetic Technicians Should Know…


Food Production

Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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